Sequoia Capital is India’s Top VC Firm (in terms of activity)

In Deal Flow by Ashish Sinha9 Comments

Going purely by total number of investments as well as $-value of investments, Sequoia Capital India tops the VC list.

In total, Sequoia has made 53 investments in India, followed by Ventureast and then Intel Capital.

As far as total $-value of investments is concerned, Sequoia again leads the race ($504mn so far, followed by Intel Capital ($131) and NVP ($156.6) (Source: Outlook Business).

Investor 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
Sequoia Capital India 7 12 13 18 3 53
Ventureast 5 11 4 9 3 32
Intel Capital 3 7 4 8 1 23
Helion Venture Partners 0 4 8 8 2 22
DFJ India 0 3 3 9 2 17
Nexus India Capital 0 1 4 9 2 16
NEA IndoUS Ventures 0 0 5 9 0 14
IDG India Ventures 0 0 6 5 0 11
Kleiner Perkins 1 3 0 6 0 10
Norwest Venture Partners 1 3 1 2 3 10
Canaan Partners 0 1 4 4 1 10
Inventus Capital Partners - - - - 3 3

Few days back, Red Herring conducted a survey based on several parameters (exits/returns/liquidity) and Nexus India Capital was voted the top VC firm in India.

Disclaimer- To a startup, ‘Top VC/Best VC’ surely doesn’t mean much. This article is reflection of investments made by VC firms in India.

[Hat tip: Subbu.]


  1. Rajesh Gupta

    This is funny. Sequoia still needs to get decent returns after having made so many investments. Am sure the Sequoia team on Sand Hill Road is watching and somewhat starting to repent.

    To be accurate, the top 5-6 firms by number of investments have actually a pretty bad portfolio. Guess it shows that VC business is not about investing in plenty but investing in handful quality companies. Helio and Nexus showed a lot of promise but actually have failed miserably in showing exits till now.

  2. Rajesh Gupta

    BTW, am surprised that Matrix did not figure in this list. Am sure they have more than 3 investments. Ashish – What say?

  3. Aditya

    Hi Ashish,

    I think you should have VenturEast in your VC database. We have been ranked the second most active VC in the industry! :)

    I follow your blog closely. Nicely written.


  4. curious_mind

    How come SEEDFUND doesn’t feature in the list ?? Is it do with their fund size ??

  5. Dr D L Sharma

    dear sir namaste I am looking for venture funding for my new comming Indore India Based co. Omateklab pvt ltd, food processing divisionm where we will prepare Lycopiene from Tomato. Interested VC pl revert
    Awaiting prompt and positive response
    dr D L Sharma

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